Day: December 2, 2011

Wrestlers hit mats with title to defend

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In past seasons, McNary High School wrestling coach Jason Ebbs has had a fairly accurate forecast for his team’s future. This season, the future is foggier but no less invigorating. “If things go the way they’ve been going, I don’t know where the top end is for this team. It may be eighth in state, it may be a state championship,” Ebbs said. “We would need some really big things to go our way, but it’s in the realm of possibility.” McNary returns a legion of wrestlers with experience in the state’s biggest tournaments and more than a few he expects to surprise opponents. “It’s impossible to think that you’ll just keep growing every year, but we have managed to be a steady, improving program and our challenges are taking new shape,” Ebbs said. Seven wrestlers with experience in the state tournament will hit the mats again for the Celtics: Devin Reynolds, Andy Downer, Edgar Jimenez, Jeremy and Justin Lowe, Tyler Brown and Anthony Flores. Of that contingent, Reynolds, a junior at 126 pounds, and Jeremy Lowe, a senior at 145 pounds, are top-ranked wrestlers in a recent preseason survey of statewide talent. “I get confidence from it, but I want to work hard and keep that spot,” Jeremy said. Reynolds, who rapidly made a name for himself as a sophomore, is...

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Swimmers dive in to new season

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last year, the McNary High School boys varsity swimming team pulled off a remarkable feat. The team captured the Central Valley Conference title winning only two events. This year, the girls want their time in the spotlight. “It would be pretty cool if we could do that this year,” said Laura Donaldson, a McNary senior. “We have a pretty strong girls team, we have a lot of incoming freshmen who are backstrokers and breaststrokers. I think we’ll have a pretty good all around team this year.” “We have a good variety,” added Rachel Hittner. “We have a lot of hope for our relay teams in the district competition.” In addition to Hittner and Donaldson, two of the teams stalwarts, Lady Celts Jade Boyd and Morgan Kuch are also returning to the ranks. Donaldson, Boyd, and Hittner were part of a 200 free relay team that went to state last season. On the personal level, Donaldson wants to improve her times and avoid the illness that sidetracked her near the end of her junior season. “I want to get :55 in the the 100 free and I want to get low :25 or high :24 in the 50 free,” she said. Hittner wants to improve her times in the 200 and 100 individual freestyle races. “I want to get a 2:03 or 2:04...

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Second place means first trophy for Celtic Mat Club

The McNary Mat Club took second place at the Willamina Elementary Duals Saturday, Nov. 19. It was the only chance the team will get to wrestle in a team format this season and its first ever team trophy. In the first round, the Celtics faced Dallas and won 58-46. In the next match-up, they faced Lebanon and won 72-30 and lost the championship round to Tillamook 78-30. Representing the club were: Sarahi Chavez at 45 pounds, Alex Rodriguez at 50 pounds, Brooke Burrows at 55 pounds, Giorgio Chavarria at 60 pounds, Tony Costaneda at 63 pounds, Grady Burrows at 66 pounds, Cameron Parks at 70 pounds, Damian Tavera and Tony Rodriguez at 80 pounds, Nick Hernandez at 83 pounds, Soren Ochsner at 88 pounds, Mason Merideth at 90 pounds, Jose Mirand at 95 pounds, Baylee Ward at 100 pounds, Ryan Paul at 110 pounds, Griffen Bonife at 130 pounds, and Zack Milstead. Marcus Hess, at 63 pounds, and Javier Calderon, at 55 pounds, also wrestled. The latter two wrestlers were part of a team made up of alternates from all the competing...

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Council actions are curious

By BILL QUINN If you watched the last Keizer city council meeting you must be as curious as I. The topic of extending the Urban Renewal District took up most of the time. I believe the renewal district should be extended to give the city some needed breathing room. The city is in a predicament that was not foreseen when Keizer Station was conceived. The city has debt because a developer has not paid his Local Improvement District (LID) bills. The city will eventually recover the delinquent money but it will take time. Unfortunately, there are very bad times ahead for the city. It was stunning when Mayor Lore Christopher kept the public hearing open. Why the delay? Does the city not have necessary support from the other taxing districts? The other districts have had plenty of time to examine the extension and have had official meetings. They must want better terms. Let’s get something straight. When an Urban Renewal District is formed, local taxing districts suffer the loss of income. In Keizer, this means the Keizer Fire District, Marion County Fire District One, Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, and the Transit District. In theory, the taxing districts will receive more revenue when the Renewal District goes away because of greater property values. Unfortunately, that is in the future and revenue is needed in the present. The loud cheerleaders...

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It’s time for change

By MATTHEW CHAPPELL It has been said that hindsight is always better. Who could have ever known that we would be faced with difficult decisions resulting from a sudden downturn of our economy? But in all fairness I recall hearing warnings about excess spending and unmanageable growth. Somewhere in all of this we have attempted to guild over the top of an over inflated bottom line. The truth is that we took great risk with money that may not have been there tomorrow. Here in Keizer we are faced with some tough decisions in the future. We have part of Keizer Station which is in default, we also have both the Clear Lake annexation and the Urban Growth Boundary issues as well. Regarding Keizer Station, we know now that we took a risk that at the time may not have been fully understood. It came right before a time of economic downturn, when warnings and caution towards unsustainable spending on a national level were already in place, warnings which were being voiced by the Fed itself. The motivation for Keizer Station was centered on the hopes of continued, and what turned out to be, short term rapid economic growth. Its creation was put forward in hopes of asserting a greater level of independence and self sufficiency, accompanied by an aim to move Keizer away from being a bedroom community...

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